City cars are a great invention. Not all of us need massive saloons or SUVs for carting all our stuff around. Instead, we just need nippy vehicles for getting from A to B around town.
But which are the best small city cars on the market from a safety perspective? Let’s take a look.
Citroen has invested massively in its new lineup of C1s, hoping that the car will allow it to better compete against its larger rivals.
The vehicle is based on the ever-popular Toyota Aygo chassis – something which allows the French carmaker to get costs down. And it comes with Toyota’s ever-popular 71 bhp 1.0-liter engine.
The vehicle currently has an excellent safety record among small vehicles in its class, thanks to airbags and a rigid cabin frame to prevent occupants from heavy impact, both at the front and side.
Not to be outdone, Fiat is also making waves in the small city car space. The Italian company’s iconic 500 brings a touch of class and dignity to this end of the market.
The basic price is high for a small city car. But you get a lot of features, including an enhanced driving position.
Finding a good firewall for cars of this type is also quite easy, thanks to parts suppliers. So if you do need to replace it, it’s a relatively straightforward job.
Another small Fiat – this time, the Panda.
The Panda is Fiat’s answer to the Suzuki Ignis. It’s a small, mediocre-looking car. But it features extra storage in the boot area and has among the lighting steering of any car in its class, giving you more control.
The Panda is an interesting take on the traditional city car genre. Yes, it’s small. But Fiat makes it worth your while with the good ride comfort and all-terrain performance.
Perhaps the best city car on the market today, the Toyota Aygo offers drivers practically everything that they could want. Not only is this vehicle inexpensive to run, but it also comes with an advanced crumple zone, plus a color reversing camera as standard.
The only downside is the lack of boot space. You’ll struggle to fit much more than a weekly grocery shop in the rear.
Skoda Citigo-e iV
If you’re looking for a low-running-cost and environmentally conscious car, then the Skoda Citigo-e iV is the vehicle for you. Yes, the base price is a little higher than what you’d pay for the equivalent petrol version. But this option might be great for certain types of people, particularly city commuters.
The Skoda Citigo-e iV is safe for a host of reasons, namely its low center of gravity. Skoda places the battery on the floor of the vehicle, adding stability and reducing the likelihood of it rolling over in a collision.
SEAT Mii Electric
It’s a similar story for the SEAT Mii. The Spanish automaker’s latest electric offering offers an uncluttered dash, smartphone ports, and Bluetooth-connected navigation systems. It also has advanced suspension for soaking up potholes, allowing you to remain in control.